STORMWATER PROJECTS FUNDED BY
THE STORMWATER UTILITY
Melbourne recently completed a Stormwater
Quality Master Plan that listed potential projects and continued
best management practices that will help the City reduce nutrients
from entering the Indian River Lagoon. The map
shows the location of the potential projects which will include 2nd
Generation (or nutrient separating) Baffle Boxes, treatment ponds,
rain gardens, wetland creation/restoration projects, exfiltration
systems and more.
Projects currently under design or in permitting are:
South Sarno Area Drainage Improvements:
The scope of work consists of widening the existing ditch banks
by performing earthworks activities to construct a narrow, linear
stormwater pond detention facility approximately 5,800 feet in
length and approximately 135 feet in width from top-of-bank to
top-of-bank. The pond location will be south of the southern
boundaries of the Ixora Park and Greentree Park subdivisions,
east of Croton Road, west of Apollo Boulevard, and north of
airport property. Two (2) drainage control structures will be
constructed to provide stormwater treatment. The nitrogen removal
is estimated to be 1,300 pounds of total nitrogen.
Lime Drive Pond
(Project 1): The project is located just east of Croton Road
between Lime Drive and Eau Gallie Boulevard. The project
drainage basin consists of 56.84 acres of residential, commercial
and transportation land use. It is comprised of two separate
drainage basins. The proposed project generally consists of
construction of a 1.6 acre dry retention pond to be built on
property that was recently deeded to the City by Brevard County.
The pond will provide approximately 4.0 acre-feet of storage;
equivalent to 1.0 inch over the basin area.
Highland Avenue Parking Lot
(Project 22): The proposed project includes construction of a non-
traditional stormwater treatment facility within the City owned
parking lot on Highland Avenue. The non-traditional stormwater
treatment system for this site includes a permeable, articulated
concrete block/mat and an exfiltration system. The surface will
look like pavers. Additional work will be done within the alleyway
to the west of the parking lot to help alleviate runoff from the
alley. The existing parking lot is currently unpaved. The project
will provide treatment for 3 inches of rainfall for its basin area.
Bell Avenue Baffle Box
(variation of Project 8): The Ixora Park Subdivision drains under
Sarno Road near Bell Street. This area was noted within the
Stormwater Quality Master plan as a location that would benefit
from a stormwater quality project. The nutrient separating baffle
box will reduce the drainage basin total nitrogen loading by 19
percent. The nutrient-separating baffle box works by catching
trash and leaf litter in the top basket and the baffles allow for
the water to be slowed down and sediments to settle out of the
water column. Additionally, the box includes nutrient media that
acts like a Brita® Filter and removes a portion of the nutrients
from the water column.
Garfield Baffle Boxes
(variation of Projects 30 & 31): The basin area includes the Bowe
Gardens neighborhood; north of Sarno Road, east of Croton Boulevard,
south of Eau Gallie Boulevard and west of Garfield Street. The
baffle boxes will be constructed within existing City properties.
Nutrient separating baffle boxes will reduce the drainage basin
total nitrogen loading by 19 percent.
South Croton Road Baffle
(Project 34): This basin includes the Oxford Ridge and Ixora Park
neighborhoods; north of Ixora Drive West, south of Sarno Road, east
of Westchester Avenue and west of West Ford Circle. The proposed
project generally consists of constructing a treatment swale along
Croton Road and installing a 2nd generation nutrient baffle box at
Future projects that are included
in the Stormwater Utility's 5-year capital improvement schedule are:
Autumn Woods Pond
(Project 8): Northeast of Eau Gallie Boulevard and Commodore
Boulevard. The basin area includes the Autumn Woods neighborhood;
east of Commodore Boulevard, south of Caribbean Drive, north of
West Eau Gallie Boulevard and west of Crane Park. The property
is currently owned by the City. The proposed project generally
consists of reconstruction of a 3.06 acre wet retention pond.
The pond is projected to remove 41 percent of nitrogen from the
Harbor City Boulevard
(Project 32): The basin area is east of Airport Road, west of
Harbor City Boulevard, north of East Strawbridge Avenue and
south of Cherry Street. The project drainage basin consists of
540 acres of residential, commercial, and institutional land
use. The proposed project generally consists of installing 2nd
generation nutrient baffle boxes and 850 linear feet of stream
restoration. Staff is evaluating the potential purchase of land
and alternative locations for the baffle box.
Sherwood Park Pond/Baffle Box
(Projects 4 and 5): The project drainage basin consists of 246
acres of residential land use. The basin area includes the
Sherwood Park neighborhood; north of Post Road, west of the
Florida East Coast Railroad (FECRR), east of North Wickham
Road, and south of Wild Wood Drive. The proposed project
generally consists of construction of an 8 acre wet retention
pond. The pond will provide approximately 40 acre-feet of
storage; equivalent to 22 days of retention for the annual
average rainfall over the basin. If property acquisition
is not possible, the City will consider installing a nutrient
separating baffle box on City owned property with nitrogen
removal estimated to be 700 pounds.
East Sarno Road Pond
(Project 45): The project drainage basin consists of 6.3 acres of
residential and commercial land use located west of US 1, north
of Adger Smith Lane, east of the railroad tracks, and south of
Hemlock Street. The proposed project generally consists of
construction of a 0.13 acre dry retention pond. The pond will
provide approximately 0.16 acre-feet of storage; equivalent to
1.0 inch over the basin area.
Sunwood Park Pond/Baffle Box
(Project 10): Basin location is north of Aurora Road between Glenwood
Drive and Mosswood Drive. While researching property acquisition,
staff determined that a treatment pond would not properly function
due to the water table elevations. Since the basin is in need of
water quality treatment, a nutrient separating baffle box is now
proposed to be installed on City owned property located downstream.
2nd Generation Baffle Boxes in
(Projects 35 and 40): The Croton Road baffle box basin includes
the Croton Manor neighborhood; north of West Eau Gallie Boulevard,
southwest of the Eau Gallie River and east of Eva Lane. The
Strawbridge Avenue baffle box basin includes the Wells neighborhood;
north of East Strawbridge Avenue, east of Pine Street, south of
Palmetto Avenue, and west of Hickory Street.
(Project 20): This project consists of installing 28 floating
vegetated islands in the seven stormwater ponds on the Crane
Creek Reserve Golf Course. The recommended vegetated coverage
is 5% of the pond surface area and each island is no larger
than 500 square feet. Additional BMP improvements on the golf
course may include vegetative planting around the ponds and
installing buffer strip along the M-1 canal. The floating
vegetated islands require annual harvesting and replanting.
Leewood Forest Wetland and
(Project 33): The basin area includes the Colony West and
Leewood Forest neighborhoods. It is bisected by Eau Gallie
Boulevard, between Wickham Road and Croton Road. The project
drainage basin consists of 149.50 acres of residential land
use. The proposed project is to build an 11.4 acre wetland
treatment area capable of providing stormwater detention prior
to discharging to the Eau Gallie River. This project includes
a baffle box to treat stormwater runoff from the portion of
the basin south of Eau Gallie Boulevard. The proposed wetland
will provide 50% total nitrogen load reduction and 60% when
combined with the baffle box. The total estimated nitrogen
reduction is 1,221 lbs/yr.
Jernigan Avenue Pond
(Project 12): Intersection of Mill Street, Main Street,
and Jernigan Avenue. The project drainage basin consists
of 35.85 acres of residential land use. The basin area
includes the Buckman neighborhood; south of Mill Street,
east of Lipscomb Street, north of E. University Boulevard,
and west of Main Street. The proposed project generally
consists of construction of a 0.61-acre dry retention pond.
The pond will provide approximately 0.76 acre-feet of
storage; equivalent to 0.5 inches over the basin area.
A list of all projects identified in the
Plan can be found on the project map.